As much of the country suffered through a withering heat wave last weekend, a New Jersey nursing home safely evacuated 183 residents when its air conditioning broke.
The Pines at Voorhees Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center in Voorhees Township successfully moved the residents via emergency buses and ambulances Sunday afternoon as temperatures crept towards 100 degrees, according to local reports. An HVAC company repaired the AC and staff moved residents back on Sunday night.
Meanwhile, more than 50,000 Con Ed customers were without power in New York City and Westchester County Sunday night following days of hot weather. By Monday morning, around 21,000 customers were still without power. City agencies were focused on staffing workers at nursing homes and adult care facilities, Mayor Bill de Blasio said, according to the New York Daily News.
A critical water main break on Thursday in Fort Lauderdale, FL, also caused concern among senior living providers, given the summer temperatures. Many made use of a hurricane stash of bottled water and added staff, while kidney care provider DaVita closed six centers in Broward County due to a lack of water. By Sunday evening, however, the city had partially lifted a boil-water order.